It’s pretty rare that we praise Baptists on this blog, but you gotta absolutely love the gay-affirming folks over at Royal Lane Baptist Church.
The Baptist General Convention of Texas yesterday voted 63-4 to break ties with the 500-member church, according to The Dallas Morning News, after the church refused to waver from its acceptance of gays and lesbians, including as deacons. The vote by Texas’ largest Baptist group means it will no longer accept funds from the gay-affirming church. Big deal, right?
Well, it turns out there are also some more serious consequences for the church’s decision to stand up to the bigots at BGCT. One Royal Lane member will have to leave the BGCT board, and two other members who are BGCT employees will either have to give up their jobs or switch churches. One has apparently decided to tell BGCT to take the job and shove it.
Randel Everett, chief homophobe at BGCT, called the decision “painful.” Everett said BGCT churches should “welcome homosexuals,” but Royal Lane’s decision to allow “practicing homosexuals” as deacons meant that it was going against the group’s view that homosexuality is sinful. (The church apparently opted not to use the defense that the deacons are no longer practicing, but have perfected their homosexuality).
Anyhow, during yesterday’s meeting, the Royal Lane member who is a BGCT board member, Doug Washington, spoke up in defense of the church and its “practicing homosexuals.”
“To say something is wrong with them is to say God made a mistake,” Washington said.
Washington added that the church won’t be bullied by the BGCT.
“I think we’re stronger than ever,” he said.